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Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus

By Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Repetitive game is for teen or adult fans only.

Game PlayStation 2 2006
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Final Fantasy VII, from 1997, is one of the most beloved games in the long-running Final Fantasy series. But only die-hard fans will love this spin-off, a repetitive shooter with too much storytelling. Players guide Vincent through tightly controlled, linear environments, gunning down generic enemy soldiers over and over. The differences between gun components are frequently hard to detect, and players can ignore options like Vincent's hand-to-hand combat and magic abilities and still cruise through missions.

What's more, the action and story elements are awkwardly integrated. A typical mission is book-ended by about 10 minutes of cut scenes, and the action is repeatedly interrupted by storytelling segments (and short loading times). The game's strengths come from the cinematic beauty of many of the cut scenes and the excellent music, which help bring this intriguing world to life.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: September 1, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild Language, Use of Tobacco and/or Use of Alcohol, Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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